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ONU student sends notes from abroad

Stephanie Wells, a sophomore from Beavercreek, Ohio, was selected as one of five ONU students to receive the Hanyang Fellowship. She is studying this summer at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, and is traveling throughout South Korea and China. The experience complements her major areas of study - international studies, professional writing and pre-law.

Stephanie writes:

I can barely believe I have been in South Korea for four weeks! So far, the trip has been amazing. Hanyang University has provided fantastic field-trip opportunities including excursions to a water park, an over-night resort, the Demilitarized Zone, traditional villages and performances, and the Boryeong Mud Festival.

The students at Hanyang have gone to great lengths to make us comfortable--on my first day here I was given an individual tour with four English-speaking students. They accompany us on field trips, help us order food, and even take us on extra city tours during our free time.

Standing left to right: Jessica Riegle, an education major from Arlington, Ohio; Brett Kritzberger, a pharmacy student from Hudson, Ohio; Stephanie; Jarod Patton, an engineering major from Waynesville, Ohio; and Susan Warrington a pharmacy student from Hudson, Ohio

My classes have also been exciting. In Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy I am studying intensely with seven other students under Chinese-American Professor Fei-Ling Wang. I feel like I am gaining valuable insight into China, even though I am bogged down with reading! More and more I find myself considering an Asian studies minor. My other class, Korean-American Diaspora is interesting as well as frustrating. I am developing new perspectives on life in the United States and around the globe.

The other ONU students and I have become very close. Even though we hang out with each other a lot, we have also made good friends with students from other schools in the United States and Korea. I hope this experience is only the first of many for me in East Asia.